Daniel J. Buzzetta

Partner

New York
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Overview

A commercial litigator with more than 25 years of experience, Dan Buzzetta is a trusted counselor and strategic advisor to his clients. He maintains a nationwide litigation practice that cuts across varied industries and subject matters, and involves all facets of litigation from pre-litigation counseling to appellate review. He has successfully tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts and in domestic and international arbitrations, and has argued many appeals, including in the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. Dan is also a certified Part 36 New York State Supreme Court Receiver.

Dan balances legal and strategic considerations with business imperatives, and has a knack for breaking down complex concepts in a clear, accessible way. While never losing sight of the impact litigation has on his clients’ business and bottom line, Dan partners with his clients to provide cost-effective, practical strategies to protect their interests inside and outside the courtroom. Because he is singularly focused on achieving the best possible results for his clients, they repeatedly turn to Dan to handle their most important and challenging legal matters. 

Select Experience

Class Action
  • Representing private placement agent in class action securities fraud litigation in federal court.

Commercial Business Torts and Securities Litigation 
  • Representing client in federal court defending claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and violation of federal stored communications act.

Banking
  • Represented banking regulators defending claims of unlawful closure of federally chartered financial institution involved in fraudulent banking practices.

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Experience

Class Action
  • Representing private placement agent in class action securities fraud litigation in federal court.
  • Defended national waste management company in multiple putative class actions alleging unfair and deceptive trade practices.

  • Defended national broker-dealer in putative class actions concerning alleged securities violations, employment practices and violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of class action antitrust complaint against national waste management company.

Commercial Business Torts and Securities Litigation 
  • Representing client in federal court defending claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and violation of federal stored communications act.

  • Obtained settlement on behalf of client against a competitor who tortiously interfered with client’s customer relations and converted client’s property

  • National coordinating defense counsel of large public company in multistate litigation involving claims of deceptive trade practices, tortious interference with business relations, breach of contract and anticompetitive conduct, resulting in successful critical injunctive relief in two courts.

  • Defended nutraceutical company in litigation against a shareholder in federal court, and prosecuted related trademark infringement in arbitration, resulting in relinquishment of adversary's stock and monetary settlement of infringement claim.

  • Represented industry broker in a breach of contract dispute against manufacturer of airplane component parts before the International Center for Dispute Resolution resulting in a multimillion-dollar settlement.

  • Obtained dismissal of civil RICO claims on behalf of real estate developer.

  • Represented court-appointed trustees of liquidating trust in securities litigation and global asset tracing resulting in worldwide recoveries of more than $200 million.

  • Member of trial team in federal district court representing biomedical company in litigation involving unfair trade practices and breach of noncompete and nondisclosure agreements.

  • Represented international construction firm concerning payment dispute, lien claims, defective design and construction claims, and surety claims.

  • Advised leading independent power producer on litigation avoidance and strategy concerning $310 million power plant in the Dominican Republic.

  • Conducted internal investigation on behalf of trustee of a bankrupt publicly held technology company concerning claims of fiduciary malfeasance and fraud by former owners and directors.

  • Represented e-commerce company investigated by New York Attorney General.

Banking
  • Represented banking regulators defending claims of unlawful closure of federally chartered financial institution involved in fraudulent banking practices.

  • Represented banking regulators asserting professional liability and fraud claims against advisors of federally chartered financial institution concerning $450 million project finance loan for the development of cogeneration power plant in New York State.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction (2017 to 2021)
  • International Bar Association
  • The Fund for Modern Courts

Pro Bono

  • Has handled numerous cases for Her Justice (formerly inMotion), an organization providing legal services to low-income women in New York City.

Prior Positions

  • Judicial Clerk Intern for the Honorable Kevin T. Duffy, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1992)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • New York
  • New Jersey

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1994; Associate Editor, Fordham Urban Law Journal; Member, Fordham Moot Court Board
  • B.A., Political Science and International Relations, Tufts University, 1991

Languages

  • Italian
  • Spanish